2017-07-17 / Front Page

Suspect in attempted bank robbery nabbed in NC

By Tim GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer

While the manhunt for an alleged bank robber wanted in two states came to an end Friday without injury, it didn’t come without incident.

When Iredell County, N.C., Sheriff ’s Office deputies found William Michael Inscoe, 36, of Harmony, N.C., in Statesville on Friday afternoon, Inscoe fled on foot.

Only hours before, police were made aware that a man believed to be Inscoe called a television station and not only confessed to the attempted Wednesday evening robbery of the Woodforest Bank in Gaffney and the Thursday evening robbery of a Woodforest Bank in Weaverville, N.C., the television station caller also said he had a gun and would kill himself if confronted, according to the Iredell County Sheriff ’s Office.

So when Inscoe ran Friday afternoon, the North Carolina deputies left little to chance. They set up a perimeter around where Inscoe was spotted and called in a police K-9 team. On a day of sweltering heat and humidity, the K-9 unit tracked and arrested Inscoe about 20 minutes later.

Inscoe, whom authorities said was already out of jail on bond in North Carolina for an alleged bank robbery last January in Mecklenburg County, reportedly complained of medical issues following his arrest and was taken to a hospital to be checked out, according to the Iredell County Sheriff ’s Office. Once released, according to the office, Inscoe was going to face multiple outstanding charges for breaking and entering, larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses and larceny by employee in both

Iredell and Alexander counties in North Carolina.

While he had not yet written a warrant, Gaffney Police Det. Sgt. Brian Blanton said he was going to be charging Inscoe with entering a bank, depository or loan association with intent to steal in connection with the Wednesday evening incident in Gaffney.

Blanton said he was also reviewing the case and evidence to determine if any additional charges are warranted under South Carolina state law.

Meanwhile in Weaverville, Det. Brandon Paris said Friday that he was charging Inscoe with common law robbery in connection with the Thursday robbery in his jurisdiction.

Inscoe is believed to be the man who targeted Woodforest bank locations located inside Walmart stores on Wednesday and Thursday.

Inscoe allegedly first visited the Gaffney location on Tuesday, saying he wanted to open an account, but left. He returned Wednesday and allegedly demanded $5,000, claiming he had someone in the store with a bomb. He reportedly warned the clerk at the Gaffney bank not to push an alarm button. The robbery wasn’t successful, however, and Inscoe reportedly fled empty-handed.

Not so on Thursday, however. While Weaverville police aren’t saying how much money was stolen, the incident in their jurisdiction is classified as a robbery and not an attempted robbery.

While it is unclear if it was Inscoe that actually called the television station on Friday, the caller claimed he committed the robberies to pay for the $4,000 in monthly medication he needs to stay alive. “I do apologize for what happened,” the caller told WSPA, according to a recording of the conversation made available online. The caller further claimed the look on one of the bank employee’s faces when he was trying to rob the place “broke my heart.”

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